Basic Biographical Details

Name: Eric Toft
Designation: Architect
Born: 18 July 1933
Died: 4 August 2007
Bio Notes: Eric Toft was born on 18 July 1933. From September 1949 he studied architecture part-time at Nottingham School of Architecture while at the same time working in avariety of different offices there. Initially he worked in the office of H B Moffatt, transferring to that of J W M Dudding & Partners in January 1953. He remained there for a full year. From January 1954 to April 1956 he worked with Bartlett & Gray and from June 1956 he was with the the City Engineer and Surveyor in Nottingham. His Part 1 exams were taken in Leeds in November 1957, his Part 2 exams in June 1958 and in November of that year he sat his professional practice exams. He was elected ARIBA on 10 March 1959, proposed by Hedley B Marshall, N Summers and J W M Dudding. At this time he was still working in the City Engineer's Department.

From 1959 to March 1961 Toft undertook his National Service during which he was commissioned with the Royal Engineers. He returned to Bartlett & Gray thereafter as Group Architect in charge of a group of up to six architects, two of whom were fully qualified. The jobs for which he was responsible was varied: work for the MWPB including married quarters for the armed forces, church extensions and schools.

In 1965 he became an associate with Eberlinn & Partners. As such he was responsible for all aspects of design and contract procedure for numerous cloth factories, including two in Scotland. He would appear to have still been an associate at the time he applied to become FRIBA in 1970. He was proposed by Richard Eberlinn, Peter Bartlett, and L A Wright.

Toft died on 4 August 2007.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Architects Section, City Engineer's Department, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, EnglandBusiness1956After 1959 
Item 2 of 4Flat 5/Newstead House, Clinton Avenue, Nottingham, EnglandPrivate1959  
Item 3 of 43, College Street, Nottingham, EnglandBusiness1965After 1970 
Item 4 of 436, Paddock Close, Radcliffe-on-Trent, Nottimghamshire, EnglandPrivate1970 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 6Hedley B MarshallSeptember 1949January 1953Assistant 
Item 2 of 6J W M Dudding & PartnersJanuary 1953January 1954Assistant 
Item 3 of 6Bartlett & GrayJanuary 1954April 1956Assistant 
Item 4 of 6Nottingham Corporation Architect's DepartmentJune 1956After 1959Architect 
Item 5 of 6Bartlett & GrayMarch 1961September 1965Group Leader 
Item 6 of 6Eberlinn & Partners6 September 1965 Associate 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Peter Bartlett8 April 1970For Fellowship
Item 2 of 6John Walter Mackenzie Dudding10 March 1959For Associateship
Item 3 of 6Richard Eberlinn8 April 1970For Fellowship
Item 4 of 6Hedley B Marshall10 March 1959For Associateship
Item 5 of 6N Summers10 March 1959For Associateship
Item 6 of 6L A Wright8 April 1970For Fellowship

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 21965Textile factory   ScotlandAs group leader of group within Eberlinn.
Item 2 of 21968Textile factory   Scotland 


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Eric Toft: A no19968; F no7044 (Combined Box 171)